Saturday, October 6, 2018

The People's Choice SAL

   Jo is always hosting the most interesting SAL. This one is on the first Saturday of the month and will change theme's every month. The first one is Halloween. I am not into Halloween, but have a few projects stitched. (I also have a rather large piece that I want to stitch, but not this year.)
Haven't finished anything fall like, so I am just reposting this little thing I made for my daughter last year.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

So Close to a Finish!

This blue stripe is killing me! The Neon Rays twist and turn and I can see my canvas. And I am not sure about the stitch used for the stars....I think I will add little star sequins as I think I have some in my stash.
But I won't look until I get the blue done! And no new project until this one is stitched. Finally finished into a hat is another story....

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Another Butterfly

I have started stitching a little each day on pieces that have been sitting in my sewing bag for ages. I figure doing 12 stitches (or a few more) will help me move it from my stash pile to my done pile. This piece is more difficult than I thought, but I do love it.
I may need to over-dye it when I finally finish stitching it.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Mill Hill Monday

I was able to get a little stitching done on this butterfly. I think I am ready for beads, but I need to check.
Then what will I do with it? Card maybe?

Friday, September 28, 2018

Reptiles for September

Here is where I left off in August:
 And here is where I stopped for September.
I think I was able to stitch 1200 stitches, but it is hard to tell.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


This piece called for Onyx by Weeks Dye Works but I was using Slate Roof from Victorian Motto Sampler Threads. That is the middle bird and the little bit to the left. But I thought it might too brown so I tried Smoke from Crescent Colours which is the bird to the right.
What do you think? I can't really tell the difference. So I stitched some more...
I don't like it. I think I need to find some black and use it. They just look too brown.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Mill Hill Monday

I found this while clearing my stitching bag. I have a hard time stitching it on the go as it is on a blue piece of perforated paper. I will put it in my bedroom and stitch on it in the evening.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness for my Daughter

I finally finished the blanket for my daughter.
 I don't think we will use this type of yarn again. It was too thick and uncomfortable to crochet.
The cat liked helping me tie in the extra yarn.
Jo at    Serendipitous Stitching   hosts Gifted Gorgeousness for anything that is stitchy related and is a gift, was gifted to you or has the word gift in it.        

Saturday, September 22, 2018

New Start

I REALLY don't need a new project. I REALLY should finish something. But we are traveling today and I wanted something new to stitch. Not sure I will even put a stitch in this piece, but I pulled the threads.
The fabric is linen I dyed for Tall Year Square-36 count?-and the threads are all from Victorian Motto  . I pulled more threads than needed because I changed the threads and the ground fabric. I am not sure what will work so I always pull extra. ALWAYS! Hopefully there will be some progress to show next week.

Friday, September 21, 2018

More Blue

Basketweave takes time even though it is mindless, and it takes more time if you have to be super careful about twisting the thread.
I am about half way through the blue band. My stitching is very bumpy, but I keep trying to get better.  I plan on pulling Reptiles out for the weekend. I will post my progress next weekend on that piece.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Look! Blue!

Life has been busy with canning and getting ready for the EGA Region Workshop. So not ready for that! Anyway, I do try to stitch a little every night and Uncle Sam's Hat is on the stand.
The blue is in Neon Rays and I could tell that I will run out before the end. That is the problem with getting a kit. I ordered more thread which should ship on Saturday. Although I did not get a notice about the purchase.  Hmmm.
I will move to Reptiles over the weekend. I think I may pull my Christmas stocking out in October, but I want to give my HAED some love before I put it away.
Hope you are all doing well and have time to stitch this weekend.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Last Stripe

I am working on the last stripe on my Uncle Sam's Hat! Yipee!
Then I need to work on the blue band which is all continental stitch. I hope I can do the final finishing myself.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Mill Hill Tuesday(?)

Well I broke down and pulled a Mill Hill Kit out to stitch. I need a small carry project to stitch in the car and this one spoke to me:
 Hopefully it won't take too long.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Not as Much as I Had Hoped

I thought I would do more on this, but I put this down and hardly stitched on it. Maybe in September? (I can hear some of you laughing.....)
Canning season is upon me and I have a lot going on in September, but I can dream, right?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

New Blanket

I realized that I never showed you the blanket I am crocheting for my daughter!
Here is the beginning:
 Above is the yarn she chose. I tried to crochet it with the hook in the second photo, but it did not work at all! So Amazon to the rescue with a HUGE crochet hook.
Then I quickly realized I did not have enough yarn so I ordered more and waited for it to come in. This is where it is now:

I can crochet a row a night, but after that I am done. It hurts my hands to hold so I am slowly working on it. It must be done by September 20th. Maybe?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Frog Stitch

The Butterfly I showed in my last post had a big mistake. When I discovered it, I debated on whether to rip it out or throw the whole piece away. I did sleep on it and decided to keep it. It took me several evenings but I finally got it ripped out. Then I restitched the section and here it is now:
It is fun to stitch and I like seeing the swirls emerge.
Now back to canning salsa!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness for August

Jo over at       Serendipitous Stitching  has a monthly SAL where we show things that we received as gifts, are giving as gifts or that fit into the gift category...
I have been trying to work on this butterfly as I think it would make a lovely postcard.
I must remember to avoid stitching over one...At least if I want it to be an "easy, take-a-long " project.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

August IHSW

It was International Hermit and Stitch Weekend last weekend and I managed to work on my Uncle Sam's Hat.
Here is the last photo I showed you:
 I did the white stripe awhile ago, but never showed you...Here is where I started on Friday:
 I ran out of the correct color of Neon Rays and did not have an exact match in my stash. I did have something close, so this is where I stopped on Sunday.
Then I got ambitious and did the little spots in the red stripe and started the next white stripe on Monday. That is why there were so many red bits in my ort jar!

Monday, August 20, 2018

TUSAL August

Well, I am behind in my posts, but I was busy last week with all my college kids heading off to school. It is very quiet around here, that is for sure. I am not sure I will get much stitching done as the garden has decided to start producing.
Just to let you know  Daffy Cat    hosts this Totally Useless Stitch-a-Long where we show our orts for the month.
Lots of red in my jar....

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Ugly Blanket Finish

This stitched up fast! I do love how the yarn feels and everyone who has touched it loves the weight of it.
I should measure it, but it is long and cozy. Now I have 3 days to get my daughter's blanket done. Yikes!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Going a Little Crazy...

Life is busy around here. Daughter is getting ready to go to college and I have my guys coming back for a week visit. The garden is producing like crazy and I am trying to get ready for a class in the fall. Hmmm. I think I will go take a nap after I post this.
Because life is a little busy, I decided to finish the last little angel on my Drawn Thread Sampler and put it away, at least until I have an empty nest. Hopefully, the desire to work on it will keep me from diving head first into a bowl of ice cream!
(I was in a hurry to take a photo which is why it is yellow rather than white.)

I am trying to NOT buy a sampler from Hands Across the Sea. It is the new one that is reversible. But I am such a slow stitcher that I will have to live forever to get done what I DO own. Sampler Information

A nap. I need a nap. Although chocolate chip cookies sound good right now too!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Ugly Blanket

My daughter wants a blanket for her dorm. She is a little particular so I knew I would have to do a practice blanket. I found this yarn on clearance at Michael's and found enough to make a HUGE blanket for my husband.
 The stripes are coming out strange as it is meant to be made into a baby blanket.
The colors are also a little strange. I wish the baby blue wasn't in there, but oh well. It is warm and will be huge!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Reptiles Post

Well, I finished a page and did at least 1200 stitches on this piece. Here is where I started at the beginning of the month:
 And here is where it is today:
I hope to put a few stitches on it later today. The next page doesn't have a lot of confetti so I should make more progress.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Road Trip!

My dd and I went with a couple of friends on a day trip. It was a blast! We stopped at Dick Blicks and I picked up a few art supplies:
Then we went to a quilt shop where I HAD to get some fabric:
 A bead shop:
 And an antique mall:
Fun! I had a great time with friends and my dd. Now to use some of this stuff!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


What is IHSW? I did it a few years ago, or tried to- it is the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend! You try to stitch as much as you can on the third weekend of the month. The next one is August 17-19. If you want more information, look up the Facebook group or    Random Ramblings   .
Here are my projects:
 I was able to get two more angels done on my Drawn Thread Sampler.

And another stripe on Uncle Sam's Hat!

Friday, July 20, 2018


This piece is taking FOREVER!!! I love it, but it is truly a stretch for me to stitch.
I have completed 2 of 6. I need a huge bit of time to do each little "angel" and I need quiet to keep track of what I am doing. There is no way I can get this done by August, but I am going to keep plugging along.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

So I Didn't Work on My Sampler

Uncle Sam won the tug of war on what to stitch. I was too tired to stitch on Drawn Thread Sampler, but it was easy to work on this piece. It is fun and relaxing and I love watching the designs develop.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July is Moving Fast!

I totally forgot about Gifted Gorgeousness on July 15th at  Jo's blog   . I am working on one thing as a gift and here it is:
The fabric is not green although it reads that way. I was too lazy to get my lights out to take a better photo. I don't work very often on it and I think it is not a favorite piece. Why? I think it is my floss. Too blocky for lack of a better work. I wish I had over-dyed it and made it darker.

Saturday, July 14, 2018


I saw on     Jo's blog  , that it is time for the Totally Useless Stitch-a-Long.  It is always fun to see what other people have collected in their ort jars.
My photo doesn't show it, but there are lots of little sparkly bits in my jar. Some are from Uncle Sam's Hat while others are from Reptiles. Yes Reptiles has a little Kreinik blending filament in it which is a royal pain!!!  I am so close to a page finish that I can taste it!

Can you see the lizard emerging? I can if I look at it just right. Hopefully I can get a page finish and then move back to Drawn Thread Sampler. Although Uncle Sam is calling my name!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Jo's Postcard Request

This is not needlework related, but Jo from  Serendipitous Stitching    asked, so here it goes!
When I make postcards, I usually start with something that will be recycled. My dd was leading the art camp at our local library and had me gesso a million cereal boxes
Gesso is a primer that allows the paint to stick to the surface better. I have heard it described as underwear for paint.
The kids used pieces of them as their pallets and she had hoped THEY would make postcards from them. They used a bit of paint and had lots of little pallets left
 Normally I stencil the background and then cut the paper up, but these were already cut, so I will just stencil on them:
Some of my favorite stencils
 I then choose ephemera from my stash to use as a focal point. Stamps and magazines are my favorites:
 These are some that are almost ready to send.
I work in layers and a little at a time. These are close to be done, but need doodles, words or something. And I feel they could be sent as is. After all, one of these in your mail box is much more fun than a bill!
 Kitten Stitcher   on Youtube suggested (several videos back) that we send cards out. After watching that video, I have been trying to mail a card out a week.   With all the craziness in the world, a little card in the mail seems like a good idea.